Esther Blevins of Perry


A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Murdock Funeral Home for Esther Blevins, 91, of Perry, formerly of Bouton. Chop Gibson will officiate the service. A private burial will take at a later date in Violet Hill Cemetery.

Esther Blevins was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Scranton, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Grace (Alstott) Gibson. She passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the Perry Health Care Center.

She attended school in Scranton and graduated from Scranton High School in 1941.

She married Jim Blevins July 29, 1951, and together they owned and operated the Tic Tock Motel in Rochester, Minn., the Perry Cafe in Perry and ended up with a liquor store in Wheaton, Colo.

They retired and lived in Fort Collins, Colo., before moving to Bouton.

Esther loved sewing and gardening and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She loved to travel and did much of it with her husband, Jim, before his death in December 1988.

Survivors include her sister, Marge Stewart of Perry; a sister-in-law, Norma Gibson of Scranton; nephews, Dean (Linda) Gibson of Scranton, Chop (Delores) Gibson of Scranton, Stan (Sandy) Gibson of Scranton, Jim Gibson of West Branch, Iowa, Jeff (Karen) Stewart of Perry and Jack (Danene) Stewart of Perry; and nieces,Jane (Curt) Cavanaugh of Kansas City, Mo., Jennifer (Shawn) Ryan of Kansas City and Linda Ryerson of Jefferson.

Preceding Esther in death were her parents; husband; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Madge Gibson; a brother, Gene Gibson; a sister, Opal Ratcliff; brother-in-law, Stan Stewart; and a nephew, Denis Gibson.

Memorials may be sent to the funeral home, and online condolences may be left at


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